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By Karls Family Dentistry
February 08, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures

Invisalign Clear BracesIt’s not always realistic for an older teen or adult to decide to wear thick, highly visible metal braces for up to three years. They will have to smile and talk with them on and eat while tolerating periodic discomfort. For some patients, the inconveniences involved aren’t worth having a straighter smile. In these cases, Invisalign invisible braces, an orthodontic treatment that a dentist at Karls Family Dentistry in Waunakee, WI can offer you, may be an alternative solution. Read on to find out what Invisalign from our dentists, Drs. Matthew and Stanley Karls, can do for you!


How Invisalign Works
The purpose of orthodontic treatment is to move the teeth so that they have a better pattern, giving you a straighter smile and a more comfortable bite. If you look closely at an Invisalign tray, you will see that the plastic has grooves that are shaped just like your teeth. When you wear them, your teeth will eventually settle into the molds of the tray. Best of all, the trays are see-through, so they’re barely noticeable when you have them on. Your Waunakee, WI dentist will provide you with a new set of trays every few weeks.



What Invisalign Can Do for You
Invisalign is one of the best and most convenient ways to achieve a more attractive smile, though having a crooked or gapped smile has more than just cosmetic consequences. It can also affect the way that you chew your food and how your teeth fit together when you have your mouth closed. Some patients who have orthodontic problems also struggle with bruxism (clenching or grinding that damages the enamel). Invisalign will finally give you the assurance and security of knowing that your smile fits you in every way possible.



Invisalign Treatment Steps
Before you can start Invisalign, your Waunakee, WI dentist must evaluate the magnitude of your orthodontic concern. If you have a small gap between your teeth, a tooth that protrudes slightly, or a bit of crowding in one area, there’s a good chance you’ll be deemed a good candidate for this procedure. The next step is having impressions made of your teeth so that your dentist can plan out your treatment and have the trays created. The step after that is up to you—wear your trays with consistency and see your dentist regularly for checkups.



A Straighter Smile without Metal Braces
Does the idea of having a straighter smile without having to commit to wearing metal braces appeal to you? If so, you must attend a consultation with a dentist at Karls Family Dentistry in Waunakee, WI! Call (608) 849-4100 today to set a time to visit Dr. Matthew Karls or Dr. Stanley Karls!

By Karls Family Dentistry
October 01, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Porcelain VeneersMost people smile countless times a day. However, for those who are ashamed of their teeth, this natural action can come along with embarrassment or hiding behind their hands. Luckily, a making over your smile has never been easier than with porcelain dental veneers. This cosmetic dental treatment can turn your teeth around, subtly repairing small imperfections or overhauling your smile completely. Find out more about porcelain dental veneers with Dr. Matthew Karls and Dr. Stanley Karls at Karls Family Dentistry in Waunakee, WI.

What is a porcelain dental veneer? 
A dental veneer is a cosmetic dental restoration that fits over the surface of a tooth to change its appearance and mask its imperfections. A dental laboratory customizes each veneer based on a clay impression of your mouth, ensuring a natural look and perfect fit.

Can porcelain veneers help me? 
Veneers can help patients in various situations. Some of the common uses for veneers include to repair:

  • chipped teeth
  • cracked teeth
  • uneven teeth
  • discolorations or stains
  • yellowing of the teeth
  • slight misalignments
  • small gaps

What can I expect from the veneer process? 
You will see your dentist several times during your veneering process. First, your dentist will prepare your teeth to receive the veneers, which involves removing a small portion of enamel from the surface of the tooth. Then, your dentist takes an impression of the mouth to send to the laboratory. At a second appointment about two weeks later, your final restorations are complete and your dentist places them permanently onto your teeth.

Porcelain Dental Veneers in Waunakee, WI
Caring for your veneers is as easy as caring for your natural teeth. The American Dental Association recommends brushing at least twice a day and flossing at least once between each tooth. This, coupled with routine dental examinations and cleanings every six months, will keep your teeth and restorations alike healthy, clean, and beautiful for years to come.

For more information on porcelain dental veneers, please contact Dr. Matthew Karls and Dr. Stanley Karls at Karls Family Dentistry in Waunakee, WI. Call 608-849-4100 to schedule your appointment with your dentist today!

By Karls Family Dentistry
December 04, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: cosmetic dentistry   Veneers  

Find out if your smile goals align with what this cosmetic restoration could offer you.veneers

Are you ready to revamp your smile but not quite sure how? Have you been reading up on cosmetic dental procedures and wondered whether dental veneers could give you the new smile you want? Our Waunakee, WI, dentists Dr. Matthew Karls and Dr. Stanley Karls are here to tell you more about dental veneers so you can make an informed decision about your smile.

Dental veneers are made from high-quality porcelain and are bonded to the front of your teeth to improve the look of your smile. If you are someone who is dealing with certain imperfections that can’t be fixed with teeth whitening, dental bonding or tooth recontouring then you’re in luck. Dental veneers may be able to help you.

What cosmetic issues can dental veneers improve?

If you are dealing with any of these issues then you may just want to consider getting dental veneers from our Waunakee, WI, cosmetic dentists:

  • Stains and discolorations
  • Chips, cracks and breaks
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Minor overlapping or crooked teeth
  • Malformed or misshapen teeth
  • Teeth that are too short

Whether you want to fix minor misalignments that keep you from that straighter smile or you want to change the overall shape, size or color of your teeth to get a more even, symmetrical look then porcelain veneers may be the best option for you.

How do you get dental veneers?

In order to get traditional dental veneers, we will need to prep your teeth beforehand to make sure they are ready to support your new restorations. You’ll first come in for a consultation so that we can make sure you are a good candidate for treatment.

Then, some enamel is shaved off the front of your teeth to make room for your veneers. While this might sound painful, it’s not. We only have to remove a very small amount of enamel so you won’t feel anything. Once the teeth have been prepped we will take impressions of your teeth.

A dental lab will use these impressions to fabricate your veneers. Once your veneers have been created you will come in so that we can fit you with your new restorations and bond them to your teeth permanently.

Do dental veneers sound like the cosmetic dentistry you’ve been looking for in Waunakee, WI? If so, then it’s time you turned to the dental team at Karls Family Dentistry to help you get the smile you’ve been dreaming about. Schedule a consultation with us today.

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Most of us wouldn't think of buying a new car without a “test drive.” It's a serious investment, so you want to make sure you're comfortable with your new ride.

Like an auto purchase, the plan you and your dentist agree on to cosmetically enhance your teeth and gums — a “smile makeover” — is a significant investment. Wouldn't it be nice to “test drive” your future smile before you undergo any procedures?

Actually, you can — two ways, in fact. For one, your dentist could use computer imaging software that alters a photo of your face to show how your smile will appear after dental work. These computer enhancements are a great planning tool for making decisions on the look you want to achieve.

But even the best computer images only provide a static, two-dimensional representation of your new smile. It can't capture all the angles and movement dynamics of any proposed changes. That's where the other way, a trial smile, is a true test drive — you can see your future smile in action.

With a trial smile, your dentist temporarily places tooth-colored material called composite resin on your teeth to simulate the proposed changes. The resin can be shaped and sculpted to create a life-like replica that you'll be able to view in all three spatial dimensions. What's more it will give you a chance not only to see what your new smile will look like, but to actually experience how it feels in your mouth.

Creating a trial smile is an added expense and it's only available during your consultation visit — the dentist will need to remove the resin before you leave. But you'll still be able to get a good impression of what your final smile will be like. You'll also be able to take photos you can show to family and friends to get their impressions of your proposed new look.

A trial smile allows you to know beforehand what your dental work investment will provide you, and even fine-tune your makeover plan before work begins. With this particular kind of “test drive” you'll have greater assurance that you'll be happy and satisfied with the end results.

If you would like more information on trial smiles, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Testing Your Smile Makeover.”

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There are a number of ways to improve unsightly teeth. You can, of course, replace them with dental implants — but not if they're still viable. You can crown them: however, you'll have to significantly reduce their structure for the crowns to fit over them.

There is another less invasive option for teeth with mild to moderate imperfections — you can cover them with porcelain veneers. As the name implies, a veneer is a thin covering of dental porcelain bonded to the outside surface of a tooth. They literally put a “new face” on chipped, stained or slightly gapped teeth.

You'll first need a dental examination to ensure your teeth are reasonably healthy and that you don't have any significant dental problems that could interfere with the veneers. We can then design your veneers' shape and color to achieve the look you desire. We can also create a temporary “trial smile” with acrylic replicas of your proposed veneers to give you a realistic impression of your future smile.

The next step is the possibility the teeth need to be prepared for the veneers. Although quite thin, veneers can still make the teeth look larger or bulky. To compensate, we remove some of the tooth enamel. Although much less than for a crown, this alteration is still permanent: your teeth will need some form of restoration from now on. There are also “no-prep” veneers, which require no tooth surface reduction.  Ask us if this is an option.

We then make an impression of the teeth, which with other information will guide a technician at a dental laboratory to manually create your new veneers. This can take several weeks and requires a high degree of artistry to produce a custom product that will match your teeth.

Once they've arrived, we'll use a permanent bonding process to precisely attach them to your teeth.  It will then be up to you to care for your veneers, especially not biting down on anything hard that could chip or crack them. You should also maintain regular dental visits and proper oral hygiene to keep your smile as bright and attractive as possible.

Although small in size, veneers can make a big impression. They can restore the smile you once had — or give you the look you've always wanted.

If you would like more information on porcelain veneers, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about this topic by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Porcelain Veneers: Strength & Beauty as Never Before.”